place setting


Definition of place setting

: a set of dishes and flatware constituting a table service for one person

Examples of place setting in a Sentence

Please lay another place setting for our guest.
Recent Examples on the Web Across a sprawling table decorated with eggs and pink and white tulips, each place setting hosts a truly massive chocolate egg that is personalized with the attendee’s name. Glamour, 25 Apr. 2022 Add a personalized side to your brunch setup with mini jars of overnight oats set in front of each place setting. Jennifer Konerman, Sunset Magazine, 23 Mar. 2022 At my place setting, however, was a bowl of Frosted Mini-Wheats. Kevin Fisher-paulson, San Francisco Chronicle, 8 Mar. 2022 Platters of wings, bowls of chili — casual foods that don’t require a formal place setting and can be eaten without taking our eyes off the big screen. Washington Post, 3 Feb. 2022 Use these easy place setting ideas to update vintage china with a fresh look. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 10 Nov. 2021 Gorgeous floral bouquets filled with parrot tulips and peonies by Ivie Joy dressed the candlelit table where personal boxes of MarieBelle chocolates sat at each guests’ place setting for a sweet treat. Ian Malone, Vogue, 12 Nov. 2021 The celebs also mostly spurned the tidy stacks of snacks waiting for them at each place setting. Nancy Kruh,, 11 Nov. 2021 At the long table lined with potted herbs and pink dahlias, a Polaroid photo taken of life on the farm personalized each guests’ place setting. Eliseé Browchuk, Vogue, 25 Oct. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of place setting

1944, in the meaning defined above

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6 May 2022

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“Place setting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 17 May. 2022.

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